Since our meetings are on Wednesday nights, each year on the eve of Thanksgiving, the discussion is organized around the Buddhist view of gratitude. Peter emphasized the interaction between generosity and gratitude, using examples from his own practice experience since 1982. This was followed by sharing among the assembled people of their own experience of gratitude and how the practice of mindfulness supports that awareness.
Here are the notes prepared for the discussion: THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE Included in the notes are downloads from the website Greater Good-Science For A Better Life relating the multiple benefits of the intentional practice of reflective gratitude.
Next week’s discussion will resume the exploration of the lojong commitments with “Don’t put a horse’s load on a pony”, focusing on not taking on more than is workable.